February 14, 2019

KCAI’s Graphic Design Program Ranks in Nation’s Top 5%

KCAI’s stellar Graphic Design program has been named one of the best in the country and the top program in Missouri by Animation Career Review. The online magazine ranked KCAI in the top 5% of all graphic design programs in the U.S. and in the top 4% of Graphic Design programs offering a B.F.A.

KCAI’s Graphic Design major stands out because of its emphasis on a cross-media skill set, with a rigorous approach to audience research, theory and conceptual problem-solving. Students are exposed to professional practices, concepts and skills integral to building rewarding careers. They graduate as confident, creative design thinkers who can not only adapt to change but also influence it

The full-time faculty, all practicing artists and designers, are key to the department’s success. “The faculty understands that we need to equip our students for their future career, not just mimic what’s happening now, as they may be practicing design beyond the year 2060,” says Department Chair and Associate Professor Tyler Galloway.

Galloway and Assistant Professors Lisa Maione and Adam Lucas bring a myriad of professional knowledge to the college including time working at national magazines and art directing at Wieden+Kennedy. They lead the students through collaborative community projects like the designing of posters for the Folly Theater jazz series, which gives students professional experience in presenting to clients and a chance to have their posters displayed outside the theater in downtown Kansas City.

The professional and educational value of the Folly collaboration is far-reaching, but according to Galloway, the project has an even bigger meaning.  “It’s so important for students to interact with other arts organizations like the Folly. Part of what we are teaching our students is the power of giving back and the importance of being civically engaged,” he said.

Learn more about the rankings here.

July 28, 2020

Large Scale Hilgemann Implosion Sculpture Installed on Campus

A 20-foot sculpture that used to sit on Park Avenue in New York City was installed Tuesday morning on campus. Double Stack by Ewerdt Hilgemann (b. 1938 in Germany, lives in the Netherlands and US), is 20 ft. high and made from stainless steel.  Double Stack is the second work that has been generously loaned to the college by the artist and Zahner Metal Conservation. Dancers was on campus in 2017-18 and now is part of Leawood’s Public Art Collection. This installation is part of KCAI’s plan to place large-scale works on the campus, on a constantly-changing basis. They connect the large public artworks already in place at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the works in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Previous sculptures on campus include This is NOT a Refuge by Anila Quayyum Agha and The Consistency of Change by Caleb Bowman, (’99 Sculpture). See how Hilgemann implodes these giant sculptures here.

July 27, 2020

Recent Grad Designs Mural at Zoo’s Elephant Exhibit

Watching elephants frolic in the new waterfall pool is delighting visitors at the recently renovated Elephant Expedition at the Kansas City Zoo. The pachyderm’s passion for H2O is also the theme of another one of the exhibition’s new features, a vibrant mural by Anh Le, a 2020 graduate of KCAI’s Illustration program. The large-scale panorama on the Learning Cottage at the exhibit entrance shows animal families coming together at a waterhole in the wilds of Africa. “I wanted the whole scene to have a warm, inviting vibe for visitors.  It gives them a little peek into the world they are entering,” said Le. The project was created when Le was a senior in KCAI’s MICRO Agency, which connects Kansas City businesses with the creative talent of KCAI students. Several students presented designs to the Zoo team and Le’s interpretation made the final cut. This is the second time KCAI students have designed murals for the Zoo. Vaughn Parrish (’19 Illustration) created the underwater themed wall in Stingray Bay. Le’s motivation for the mural is simple — to bring happiness. “With everything that’s going on in the world right now, we need a spark of positivity and joy. I hope people read more…